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Penne Pasta Casserole Baked With Spaghetti Sauce And Cheese

Updated on November 3, 2017
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One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.


Creative Cooking Pays Off

Do you ever have one of those days that you plan on making a certain dish and you just dread the thought of it. Not wanting to make the same old recipe again I decided to get creative and see what I could come up with. I must say that it tasted pretty good. Everyone had seconds so it had the family stamp of approval and the "please make this again" responses made it a hit. Here is the recipe for the casserole I made in case you would like to try it.

Cook Time For Sauce and Oven Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
Yields: 8-10 Servings


  • ½ tsp Thyme
  • ½ tsp Basil
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Crushed Chili Peppers
  • 2 or 3 dashes of hot sauce I used Louisiana hot sauce


  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef cooked and drained
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic pressed

(You don’t have to use this much garlic

unless you are a big garlic fan like me).

  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of mushrooms or fresh if you have them
  • 900 gram bag of Penne pasta noodles cooked and drained

I had only planned on making one 9 X 12 dish of this but as it turned out I had extra pasta and sauce left over so I made another 8 X 10 dish. One dish I made with mozzarella cheese and the other with old cheddar cheese.


3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

2 cups of shredded old cheddar cheese

Spaghetti Sauce

While the ground beef is cooking chop your onion, green pepper, celery and peel your garlic cloves. Once ground beef is cooked drain and set aside. In a large pot heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable or canola oil. Add vegetables and sauté for about five minutes. Add into the pot diced tomatoes and tomato sauce and stir. Add spices, hamburger and stir. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to low cooking for 35 minutes. While the spaghetti sauce is cooking cook your noodles. Drain noodles rinse and set aside. Press the garlic cloves into the sauce and add the mushrooms. Continue cooking on low for another 15 – 20 minutes.


In a large ovenproof dish put in a layer of noodles then spread some of the spaghetti sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle ½ of the mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce. Add more noodles, sauce and the rest of the mozzarella cheese.

Repeat the same process with a smaller ovenproof dish and use the cheddar.

Bake at 300°F on the middle oven rack for 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Serve with salad and garlic bread if you like.

The Finished Dish

Penne Pasta
Penne Pasta | Source

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3.8 stars from 4 ratings of Penne Pasta Casserole with Spaghetti Sauce and Cheese

© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      kerlynb, That's great, hope everyone enjoys it :)

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      You're giving me a wonderful recipe for today's after-mass lunch gathering :)

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, I like casseroles because there is only one pan to wash :)

      Cardisa, I figured that's what you meant :)

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I was so hungry I made a mistake, I meant to say "it's too early to make me so hungry.." lol

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      I love casseroles...firstly easy to make and secondly easy to eat esp for picky

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ken I would never let you stay out on the street :) What time will you be here:)

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      So I guess I'll never go hungry as long as I have my Poetry tucked away in my coat pocket on the streets then:0) but maybe they will slip a little rat poison in, yikes, the death of another poet...okay Hank I'm coming to join you for a beer and a toke....

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      saddlerider, I would love to have you read me your poetry in exchange for meals. Sounds like a great deal to me :)

      AUPADHYAY, Thank You!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      iccev & lostwithinmyself, Thanks for stopping by to read my recipe.

      Cardisa & jacqui, If you make this please let me know if you liked it.

      Frannie, I hear we have snow on the way soon here in Ontario but I am not looking forward to it.

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      Again a delicious and mouth watering hub. Thanks

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Aw now you've captured this Saddle's heart and taste buds. I am not Italian but should have been. I love everything Italian. Penne is one of my favorite noodles, and you've done yourself proud. If you ever need a border, I am willing to move to your town, pay double what your asking as long as you include your fabulous exciting dishes. I even promise to read you my poetry, oh dam I just scared you off, I'm sorry:-0))))). Oh well forget about the poetry, I'll still pay double for those dishes of ours. Dam you make me so hungry with your hubs....I can smell it and taste it right through my laptop. Bravo well done.

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      Frannie Dee 6 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      Looks like a hearty dish for a cold day. (We get plenty of cold in Chicago.) :)

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Sounds delicious and something that my whole family would eat. Bookmarked to try very soon. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Susan, it's too hungry to make me so hungry. Wow, I love pasta, I love cheese so these casseroles are right up my taste buds!

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      lostwithinmyself 6 years ago

      Mmmmmm mouth watering :) x

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      Waw Nice and Delicious recipe. thanks and voted up

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      b. Malin I am not Italian, I just love to cook :)

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Mmm Susan so delicious...I should have been Italian...I could eat this dishes over, and over again and NEVER tire...Thanks for sharing such wonderful Recipes. I look forward to following your Hubs.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH Thanks so much. You really gotta try this one it was awesome!

      Dearabbysmom More Garlic the better is right! Thanks for having a look at my new recipe.

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      dearabbysmom 6 years ago from Indiana

      This looks delicious, and the more garlic the better!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This looks delicious! Sounds kind of like a lasagna dish but easier to make and minus the ricotta. Perfect!

      I love your recipes!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dave I suppose it could be very dangerous if you are dieting.

      Pamela There was quite a bit leftover and we were able to have it a second night and it actually tasted even better the second time around. Thanks for reading and for your comments.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Susan, This looks so good and I think I would have to be very careful to not overeat! Thanks for the recipe.

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      DaveysRecipeRead 6 years ago

      This delectable dish is dangerous for the dieter!